PARKSVILLE – Two non-profit and charitable organizations in the Parksville region are receiving $57,500 so far this year in B.C. Government gaming grants in the human and social services sector announced Parksville-Qualicum MLA Michele Stillwell.

Organizations receiving grants include:

  • Central Island Independent School Society                                                                                  $40,000
  • The Farm at Cedar Woods Society                                                                                                   $17,500


Parksville-Qualicum MLA Michele Stillwell –

“Both of these organizations enrich our communities through different programs, one for child development and the other, which gives people within Nanaimo and surrounding areas a great place to work, socialize, and purchase sustainable and locally grown foods. These types of grants help build on the continued success of beneficial programs and supports.”

Funding provided to organizations in this latest round of gaming grants supports programs that significantly contribute to the quality of life in the community, including assisting the disadvantaged or distressed, promoting health or enhancing opportunities for youth.

Why this matters:

  • Community gaming grants in the human and social services sector benefit food banks, hospice societies, community services, service clubs, counselling programs and organizations that assist people coping with challenging life situations, including addictions, serious injuries or disabilities.
  • Every year the Province approves approximately $135 million in community gaming grants for not-for-profit organizations, with the human and social services sector receiving the largest share of this annual funding.
  • Over 5,000 local not-for-profit organizations representing virtually every community in British Columbia benefit from this funding every year. These organizations provide invaluable services in their communities.
  • Eligible organizations applying for gaming grant funding are distributed across six sectors including: arts and culture; sport; environment; public safety; human and social services; parent and district parent advisory councils.

For more information:

Full application information for community gaming grants is available online at: